Sakuraba Yuuto is a high school student who is open about his otaku lifestyle and has been recently interested in a new moe artist named Sayane. At his new class, he is assigned a seat next to Kashiwagi Kotone, the popular girl in school, who strongly shows her dislike for the kind of culture Yuuto is into. He runs into Kotone at an otaku store and learns her secret: that she is, in fact, heavily into the moe culture she says is stupid to everyone. Yuuto promises to keep it a secret and the two start a relationship where they discuss their passion in secret. But Yuuto still doesn't know that Kotone is really the artist Sayane that he admires so much.
Do the main characters look like a perfect, womanly tsundere and a pathetic shy guy? They do? Well they are finally not! Finally, someone dared to make two characters that actually ARE alike! The rule of 'opposites attract' is finally out of practice in at least ONE manga! Bring the champagne, we're about to celebrate one of the better girl-ish reads out here, Tonari no Kashiwagi-san!
The idea of having two characters eager to befriend each other is so very simple. So why hasn't anyone else thought of that?!
The premise is good, and Kashiwagi deals with realistic problems as she is afraid of telling the truth of her identity. It progresses nicely, and isn't too full of cliches. In fact, there aren't that many to even notice. It isn't too tense, and is in fact a fairly relaxing story this still will catch your interest. Although it is seinen enough, is still has a strong shoujo feeling to it.
The art isn't very special or too good. Everything is nice and clean, it isn't messy and doesn't come as old, but it is pretty generic, and doesn't offer much of the scenery art or detailing. The characters are designed pretty well, there are no flaws, but when you look at them twice you realize they are not really original, or too hard to draw -we've seen characters like these many times. If there were more work put into the scenery the rate might've been higher.
They could be slightly better. For one we don't know much about our two main love birds, apart from the fact they're otaku, and that she is an artist. Their history isn't mentioned much, but they covered a few important bits.
What did surprise me though, is that they connect to each other perfectly. Usually one is always shy and other one is loud and popular. One is quietly mysterious and other one is a dunce. But now we have two people very much alike. They're both a bit shy, they both are insecure in themselves, and they both have flaws as well as virtues.
The supporting cast is a bit off because of Kashiwagis' crazy-ass best friend who is a bit of a typical "I have a cute smile but I can still kill you" character.
Although it flaws in a few too many areas, it is pretty enjoyable, easy to read, and sometimes light humored. It is easily comparable to real life sometimes, and sometimes even painfully realistic. The characters are cute and the story is new.
A good ol' solid Seven is just enough for this manga. It is definitely not a prefect read, but some may find themselves enjoying it a bit more than they maybe should. I would recommend it at anytime.read more
Okay while the art isn't terrible everything else about this story is. The story is boring with the only real tension coming from the hidden identity. Everything else is really slice of life but with no possible twists this story becomes very bland. The love aspect makes me want to gag. The only character that the story even focuses on past the superficial is Kashiwagi and only enough to know that she loves to draw, is socially awkward, and is afraid of being unpopular (despite fact she is only shown to have two friends). The main thing that upsets me is the protagonist. The protagonist should be one of the most interesting and developed character in any work. This protagonist is a sycophantic, apologetic, loser. It seems his only purpose is to pine after and support Kashiwagi. In real life this guy would be considered creepy in any format. Either way I read this on a whim because the synopsis seemed interesting but I was wrong. Don't waste your time.read more
I made a review on this manga already but I thought I re-do this because I want people to feel what I am feeling about this manga... One thing: This manga is the true concept of MOE...
Story: The story is the usual high school genre but I gave the story a 9 because the story is not on the fact of the high school itself but the building of relationship of the guy and the girl... And then another couple comes in which makes the story really interesting at the same time...
Art: I don't know what to say... Perfect? Improbable? Miraculous? The Art in this manga is AMAZING. It can't be described in words... This manga has the one of the BEST art i have EVER seen in a manga as of currently...
Character: Original and explicit... The main focus of the characters are mostly the female characters not the male... So pay more attention to the characters of the female than the male... Kashiwagi Kotone-chan is the type where she cannot approach people easily because she is a otaku but not proud of it... And her best friend who is the sharp one and knows everything about Kotone-chan. Let me say, epic character matches :D
Enjoyment: From what I see at the moment, the romance and the mistakes made by the guy protagonist is the main enjoyment to this manga as of currently...
People who have not read this, find time..NO make time... I am writing this review right before my mock exam to tell you how amazing this manga is... You need to read this....read more
After reading most of the chapters, I can conclude that I do in fact find this manga a meh. It's not too bad. It has plenty of cringy moments, but there is an equal share of sweetness to it. It's one of those mangas you just check off your list and move on, although if you are an otaku you can probably relate to this more.
Story - 6
There's not much to the story. It mostly involves character relationship development so nothing much happens. The progression is normal and the pacing doesn't feel off, so there's not much to worry about it.
Art - 6
The art is nothing special. It's more on the moe side of the 'anime art-style' spectrum, but it's okay on the eyes.
Characters - 8
Now, this score is a different story. First off, it's the average between the two main supporting characters and two main characters. Basically, it's the average for both couples. Now for the division:
Main characters - 5
Main supporting characters - 10
For the main characters, they are a very tiring bunch. The guy is an wimpy otaku airhead who can't keep his thoughts together and always relies on the main supporting characters for help, especially the male supporting character. The girl is a clumsy dandere who draws really well; she has some great reactions though. The only thing they have in common is their otaku interests.
For the main supporting characters, they are the salvation of this piece of work. The guy is confident, and loyal. He takes the initiative and isn't afraid to act when it's necessary. The girl is an overprotective tsundere that cares for her friend a lot and likes to put up a front.
The other supporting characters aren't that all important, but they help give exposition on the character's personalities.
Overall - 7
It's not too good, not too bad. It's something to check off your manga list. The only thing that saved this manga from being terrible is the main supporting characters.
The main supporting characters are the only saving grace of this manga. Their side story romance is much cuter and doesn't feel annoying unlike the main character's. They have a mature take on things (although the tsundere side of the supporting girl gives it some spice) and help the main characters somehow gain their own foothold on things.read more